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Bognor 10K is back!

This weekend was the Bognor 10k, the home race for local club Bognor Regis Tone Zone Runners, and with over 100 of them running and many more marshalling and volunteering it was a huge turnout!

The weather was almost perfect running conditions, a little bit hot but there was no wind, and the sun was shining, meaning the spectators were out in force giving runners that extra little push.

Sean Power flew back from Denmark to run the Bognor 10k before jetting back the following morning. His trip was certainly worth it as he came away with an outstanding time of 33 minutes and 25 seconds, placing him 7th in a fast field! Jack Penfold was next across the line 3 weeks after London Marathon in a time of 34:45 to take 12th place. Also off the back of London was Christo Oosthuizen, who has ran 2 marathons in 3 weeks followed by the Bognor 10k. The ‘Running Machine of Bognor’ ran a great time of 36:31, to finish 1st in his category. After hearing ‘3rd Chi Runner’ from a spectator with 3km to go Oosthuizen said to himself ‘Not today’ and pushed on with fast finish to stay ahead and secure the men’s team prize with Power and Penfold!

Byron Kearns just missed his target of a sub 38 by 1 second although is trending in the right direction for some fast times, Ryan Meager ran his first race for the club and finished in 38:48. Mark Phillips (39:08) James Gerard (39:27) Chris Crouch (39:38) all finished ahead of Peter Lee who was pacing 40 minutes.

Jake Warner ran a new PB of 41:09 just ahead of our first lady Jess Thomson running a 41:47. Jess (41:17) along with Juliet Stallard (42:47 and 1st in category) and Sarah Zacal (45:21) made it a clean sweep to bring home the ladies’ team prize for the club.

Finishing in a fully was Lee Boniface (41:26), Guy Robson (41:49) and Adan Woodruff (42:00). Steven Wright also ran his first race for the club finishing in 43:10 just ahead of Gary Macey (43:24) and Frazer Deans (43:26) who was 10 seconds ahead of Paul Jarvis (43:36). Nathan Bilham fresh from Mallorca after a week of training ran a time of 44:02 just ahead of Alan Coombs who ran a PB of 44:11. Callum Strowger donned the blue and orange vest for the first time and finished in a PB of 44:14 ahead of the 45 minute pacer Mark Green.

John Williams finished just under 46 minutes in 45:56, Gary Griffiths finished in 46:23 just 2 seconds ahead of Jon Comins who recorded a new PB. Putting his neck on the line as the 50 minute pacer for a second year in a row was Tone Zone veteran Marc Annals, finishing ahead of him was Josey Faggetter (46:33) Richard Bentley (47:18) David Maltby (47:51), Emma Smith (48:50) and Guy Hodgson (48:54). Richard Forward just missed the 50 minutes cut by 9 seconds. Lee Hayward ran a new PB of 50:34 after finding some consistency in training. Allen Porter ran a 50:37 just ahead of Andrew Stubbington in 50:53. Then came a big wave of blue and orange Alan Yonge (52:08) Neil Pacey (52:21) Wayne Keel (52:34), Susi Briggs (52:39 PB), Emma Strange (52:39), Rebecca Nicholl (52:55), Stephen Manning (53:07) and Ian Ashberry (53:08). Garry Gaskin finished in 53:50 just ahead of 2 time marathon this year Emma Tidmarsh in 54:05. Mchael Forsdyke ran a 54:24 just ahead of Rodney Morley in 54:32 who ensured he stayed ahead of Stuart Thomson the 55 minute pacer on the day.

Anthony Wills ran a PB of 55:14 ahead of Charlotte Tennant in 56:18. Lucy-Jayne Isitt (53:36) was just 20 seconds ahead of Shaun Smart who swapped 2 wheels for 2 legs on the day. Andrew Medlock finished in 57:13 just ahead of birthday girl Kirstee Porter in 57:15 who was accompanied by her good friend Karen Vilday. Katie Benham finished in 58:14, just ahead of husband and wife Marlena and Lee Clark. Stephen Brown finished in 58:30 followed by Claire Halligan (58:33) Debi Haddleton (58:37), Steve Lee (58:37) Mike James (58:38) and Head Coach Keith Hardwell who was the 1 hour pacer on the day. Rob Catlin (58:51), Amanada Alphonso (59:37) and Louise Maddison (59:38) finished behind Keith but managed to break the hour mark. Leonie Ranson finished in 1:01:28 just past the hour mark. Beth Suter ran with training partner Lizzie Bilham who was running her first race for the club and the pair finished in 1:04:27 and 1:05:00 respectively, fellow training partner Sue Woodruff dropped a pace bomb in the last straight but couldn’t quite overtake Lizzie in the final stretch.

Sarah Spurr was spurred onto the finish but the spectators and finished in 1:05:12 a minute ahead of good friend Lesley Ward. Jess Dyer ran with Drew Kelly and the pair finished in 1:07. Lyn Jordan recorded a new PB of 1:08, accompanied by Holly Davis in her first race for the club after taking up running this year and Nicki Hodge.

Carrie Oakley finished in 1:08 ahead of Mother and Daughter Duo Carole and Emma Parncutt in 1:09. Alan Haskell also ran with his daughter and finished in 1:10 just ahead of Tina Ede. Dawn Thackray finished in 1:12 followed by Paul Hackett and Karen Butcher (1:13). Terri Sansom, Sarah Ashberry and Sue Hayward finished in 1:18 two minutes ahead of good friends Jayne Marshall, Rebecca Sleet, Grace Stannard and Nicky Ramsey in 1 hours 20 minutes. Susan Brigstock Parker returned to race with a 1:26 just one minute ahead of Allan Brown. Cath Hemsley finished in 1:38 ahead of her good friend and training buddy Nic Baglee in 1:51. Lisa Broad was our tail walker for the day, smiling and waving her way around the course.


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